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Artist Showcase: Kione Grandison


Sep 22, 2022 - Nov 16, 2022


Migration Museum,
Migration Museum, Lewisham Shopping Centre,
London SE13 7HB


This display is part of our Artist Showcase series, spotlighting work by local artists and designers with migrant heritage in our window display:

Kione Grandison

As a London-based artist with Jamaican, German and British heritage, my background influences my cross-cultural art practice. The work that I make spans across different art forms such as painting, mixed media collage, hand painted clothing, and nail art.

I explore themes around the Black beauty industry, Jamaican music and dancehall culture, as well as traditional African adornment practices and symbols of ‘beautification’ – such as the hair comb.

Ethnography – the study of culture – is key to my work, and I explore references dating back to ancient African and Egyptian mythology and symbolism.

The historical and cultural practices of the Black hair and the beauty industry are of significant interest to me, as they interact with my lived experience. Allowing me to self-explore and question the politics of beauty imagery, from both past and present.

Alongside my fine art, I am also a nail artist. Nail art has a similar power of self-expression to hair styling, particularly within the African and Caribbean diaspora. Join me at the Migration Museum for a nail art workshop on Saturday 29 October – see below for details.

Nail Art Workshop with Kione Grandison
Saturday 29 October 2022
£10 – book via Eventbrite
Join artist Kione Grandison for a nail art workshop and create your own unique set of press-on nails inspired by cultural references.

Artists in Focus: Kione Grandison and Bevan Agyemang
Sunday 9 October 2022
2pm–5pm (talks start at 4pm)
Free – no booking
Come and meet Kione Grandison and Bevan Agyemang, the two artists currently featured in our window displays, and learn more about their art and practice. Drop in anytime between 2pm and 5pm – talks start at 4pm.

Website: kionegrandison.com
Instagram: @kione_g